PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Bash on the Bay, owned and produced by 614 Events, is back. This time, it’s two nights of music.
This year's bash takes place in Put-in-Bay on Wednesday, Aug. 25 and Thursday, Aug. 26.
If the event is canceled for any reason, refunds will be given, organizers say.
In the days leading up to the big concert, Miller Boat Line expects to be busy.
"Anything that is used in the concert; the stage itself, the Porta Potties, the stations, the personnel, we start hauling that a couple of days early," said Billy Market, president of Miller Boat Line.
For local tourism, cancelling last years Bash on the Bay was a huge hit to the local economy. Because it wasn't just ticket sales lost, but ferry rides, local restaurant sales and hotel stays were also lost.
The hope is with twice as much music now being played over two days, even more country music fans from outside of the region will come out to the Lake Erie island.
"Having an event like this during a weekday, it'll help keep businesses open longer which helps get more money into people's pockets and more tax revenue for the region," said Bryan Edwards, director of marketing at Lake Erie Shores and Islands.
Blake Shelton is a multi-award-winning entertainer, including 20 Academy of Country Music awards, Video of Year winner at the 2018 Country Music Television awards and Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year. Shelton is scheduled to headline Wednesday night’s lineup.
Keith Urban was named Entertainer of the Year by both the Country Music Association in 2018 and the Academy of Country Music in 2019 and is slated to host the ACM Awards for the second consecutive year on April 18, 2021. Urban is scheduled to headline Thursday night’s event and wrap up the two-day festival.
“These are going to be the hottest tickets of the year,” said event organizer, Tim Niese. “To get just one of these two performers to headline the event would have been great. Both is almost unheard of. This will help make this year’s Bash on the Bay the biggest and most successful Bash ever.”